The IIHS Top Safety Pick+: How to Earn it, and What it Means

It's not just IIHS execs throwing darts at a spreadsheet.

One rite of passage for any new car on the market is being smashed into pieces by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Some time later, the IIHS will announce how the car did in those tests, and if it's a lucky one, it will walk away with a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ designation. Sure, you know it's a safe car from the name of the award, but do you really know what they do, and why it matters so much? Well, we'll tell you.

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Finally, You Can Search for Recalls by VIN

Now, it will only take minutes to find out if your car is broken.

We're currently in the midst of a new era of recalls. Now, instead of waiting until problems become bigger problems, automakers are throwing out recalls left and right in order to kill an issue early on. They're even able to narrow it down to a few dozen cars if need be, thanks to advancements in assembly technology. However, when informing the consumer, they're still sticking with old-school methods like snail mail.

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5 Rock Bands that Tour on Green Fuel

These artists keep on rockin' in the clean world.

Rock 'n' Roll has always been the soundtrack of rebellion and societal change; from its first shake and rattle, clever lyrics and dizzying guitar feedback served as weapons of expression targeting the human condition, thus affecting our interaction with one another.

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Recall Roundup: GM, Morgan, Ford, and Land Rover

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week, shall we?

When your power steering fails, it's going to be harder - but not impossible - to keep your vehicle pointed in the right direction. If you own one of roughly 57,000 recently-recalled 2014 Chevrolet Malibus, you might want to get ready to put forth some extra effort. According to GM, a poor electrical connection might cause the power steering control module to cut power steering while driving.

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5 Badass Hybrid Cars

Hybrid cars can be more than mere commuter cars.

Hybrid cars are more than just fuel-sipping machines. Some are meant to actually provide enjoyment while behind the wheel. Yes, you can have fun (or some luxury, or both) and save some fuel at the same time. Not every hybrid has to be a Prius. In no particular order, here's five that prove it.

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Recall Roundup: Mo' Recalls, Mo' Problems

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week, shall we?

It's been a busy week, so we'll keep it concise. The largest recall of the week belongs to GM; it's recalling 202,000 Saturn VUEs (from model years 2002-2004) for an ignition-switch issue. Unlike the big ignition-switch recall, where weighty key rings can switch the ignition off, this one involves a key that can come out of the ignition switch when the car is running.

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